“After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, ‘Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.’ ‘Why were you searching for me?’ he asked. ‘Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?’ But they did not understand what he was saying to them.” (Luke 2:46-50)
Have you ever gotten off track? Of course, you have! All of us have at one time or another. Jesus never did. Placed in the perfect family whose priorities were aligned with heaven, they took him to Jerusalem yearly. In this last glimpse of His childhood, we see His priorities, even as a child. Think of it: a twelve-year-old in discussion with the teachers, listening to them and asking questions…and He was right at home doing so! He was right on track!
What causes us to get off track in our spiritual development? There is a simple answer, other than personal sin, here at work. Even though personal sin will derail you very quickly, it is important to note that if you do not know what you are to be about, you will become quickly directionless! Not so with Jesus. Read His words again, “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” He knew who He was and what He had come to do and wanted to spend as much time as possible in the very arena which should have acknowledged Him first. Do you know what you are to be about? What is your purpose and where are you headed? Are you in the correct place right now?
If not, you don’t have to stay where you are any longer. You can begin again this day to be about the Father’s business for your life and destiny. If you are confused, then dig into the Word of God and ask the Lord to give you a fresh hunger and thirst for His Word. Then, position yourself and your schedule to be where you can ask the questions you need to ask and learn from those you need to learn from.
If you are not in a Bible-believing, Jesus-honoring church, find one. If you are in one, dig in deeper. Do that, and you will grow, just like Jesus in wisdom, stature and in favor with God and man. There is something very powerful about the individual who stays right on track! Be that person!